Sep 13, 2011 4:00am EDT
, kentucky. on friday unexpectedly the state of indiana shut down the sherman-minton bridge, the sherman-minton brej idge connects the town of new albany in southern indiana to louisville, kentucky. indiana is in charge of the bridge that spans the two states. the bridge was not shut down in this case because of some big storm like hurricane irene. the bridge was shut down in this case because it was deemed too dangerous to be kept open. inspection crews found a crack in a load bearing part of this 50-year-old bridge and decided they need to close down this bridge for at least three weeks for further diagnosis. every day 80,000 vehicles use that bridge to cross the ohio river. those commuters are being die verts verted to two other bridges, making a 20-minute commute a two-hour commute and adding to the aging process of the other two bridges to which traffic is being diverted. the mayor of jeffersonville, indiana, is urging motorists who need to go to downtown louisville from southern indiana to instead consider crossing the ohio river in madison, indiana, about 35 miles out of the way.
Sep 14, 2011 9:00pm EDT
into and out of senator mcconnell's home city of louisville over the ohio river to southern indiana. the sherman minton bridge was closed on friday are suddenly with no warning when be ran inspection found a very important crack in a very important load-bearing part of the bridge. president obama's american jobs act that he has been stumping for around the country woo, if it passed, fast-track about 700 million bucks to indiana and about 500 million bucks to kentucky right away, specifically to do stuff like fixing broken bridges. but kentucky senator, top senate republican mitch mcconnell, has denounced the american jobs act as not serious. his mitch mcconnell plan for dealing with more than one in three kentucky bridges needing to be replaced is apparently so serious he's keeping it secret. in the face of rather monstrous traffic and detour adversity, like what is being faced in southern indiana and in kentucky right now, in the face of that kind of adverse ity, americans innovate. that means a brand new every 45 minutes $1 ferry service across the ohio river that did it not exist
Sep 28, 2011 4:00am EDT
. at the beginning of this year georgia and indiana required you to show a photo i.d. to cast a ballot. republicans in five more states including wisconsin passed laws saying you can't vote unless you show i.d. you did not used to have to show and frankly not all people have. across the nation elected republicans are been hard at work making it harder to vote wherever they can, however they can. republicans in maine, for example, this year passed a law ending same day registration in the state. mainers can no longer register and vote on the same day as they have been able to since the early '70s. today, a maine group that's working to get same-day registration back pointed out that governor la page, himself and nine other elected maine republicans themselves registered to vote immediately before elections. the thing they just made illegal. saying it somehow made maine's elections unsafe. it's not fit for others and has to be outlawed but it's okay for them? in south carolina, nikki haley signed a law making it harder to vote in south carolina. 200,000 people in her state, 200,000 south carolinians
Sep 13, 2011 9:00pm EDT
,000 vehicles per day in southern indiana and kentucky. with a full diagnosis of the problem still weeks away and fixing the problem months away, the sherman-minton bridge is looking like the louisville region's version of carmageddon. one that looks like at least for the time being to be an indefinite challenge. congressman, thanks very much for joining us tonight. i appreciate your time, sir. >> great to be with you, rachel. >> give me an update on how people are coping in your district with this infrastructure challenge that arose out of nowhere. that decision to close that bridge on friday happened fast and without warning. >> it did, and it's -- i guess it's as close as you could have to a disaster. certainly every bit as much a disaster as the flooding in new england that we saw the last couple of weeks. a couple hundred thousand people at least are inconvenienced by this. we've seen commutes go from 15 minutes to two hours. commerce has been disrupted throughout the region. we have the intersection of three different interstates in the community, i-64 from norfolk to st. louis. this is